Uniball Results – 24/11/2019

In association with the UKAFS Facebook page and UKAFL.

🏈 PREMIER NORTH 🏈

Leeds Beckett Carnegie 13 – 12 Durham Saints

Stirling Clansmen 21-0 Coventry Uni Jets


🏈 PREMIER SOUTH 🏈

Birmingham Lions 39 – 8 Swansea Titans

UEA Pirates 24 – 0 Hertfordshire Hurricanes


🏈 D1 NORTH 🏈

Northumbria Mustangs 42-49 Edinburgh Predators

Hull Sharks 12-14 Edinburgh Napier Knights


🏈 D1 YORKS/LANCS 🏈

Leeds Gryphons 33-6 LJMU Fury

Sheffield Hallam Warriors 40 – 6 UCLAN Rams F


🏈 D1 MIDLANDS 🏈

NTU Renegades 12 – 13 Warwick Wolves

Loughborough Uni 19 – 13 DMU Lions


🏈 D1 SOUTH 🏈

Brighton Panthers 6-42 RHUL Bears

Surrey Stingers 6- 20 Reading Knights


🏈 D1 SOUTH EAST 🏈

Brunel Burners 15-0 Essex Blades

Kent Falcons 38-39 QMBL Vipers


🏈 D1 SOUTH WEST 🏈

Bath Killer Bees 7-23 Southampton Stags

Worcester Royals 8-14 Exeter Demons


🏈 D2 BORDERS 🏈

Teeside Cougars 1 v 0 UWS Pyros (walkover)

Sunderland Spartans 0-33 Glasgow Uni Tigers


🏈 D2 NORTH 🏈

Lancaster Bombers 0 – 22 Liverpool Raptors

Edge Hill Vikings 6 – 5 Tarannau Aberystwyth


🏈 D2 MIDLANDS 🏈

Chester Legion 6-6 Staffordshire Stallions

Keele Crusaders 48-0 Huddersfield Hawks

Leicester Longhorns 14-6 Lincoln Colonials


🏈 D2 SOUTH 🏈

Sussex Saxons 42-8 Winchester Silverbacks


🏈 D2 SOUTH EAST 🏈

UEL Phoenix 21-24 Cambridge Pythons

Canterbury Chargers v Greenwich Mariners (Cancelled due to serious injury)

City Wolfpack 0-38 KCL Regents


🏈 D2 SOUTH WEST 🏈

Gloucestershire Gladiators P-P Bristol Barracudas


Uniball – Week 3 Fixtures

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All Games Sunday 17/11/19 unless stated

🎥 = Live Stream

🏈 PREMIER NORTH 🏈

  • Coventry Jets v Nottingham Gold
  • Durham Saints v Stirling Clansmen 🎥 (13:00)

🏈 PREMIER SOUTH 🏈

  • RESULT: Birmingham Lions 16 -2 UWE Bullets (Sat, 16/11)
  • Hertfordshire Hurricanes v Swansea Titans

🏈 D1 NORTH 🏈

  • Newcastle Raiders v Edinburgh Predators
  • Edinburgh Napier Knights v Northumbria Mustangs

🏈 D1 YORKSHIRE/LANCS 🏈

  • Sheffield Sabres v Sheffield Hallam Warriors
  • Leeds Gryphons v UCLAN Rams

🏈 D1 MIDLANDS 🏈

  • Derby Braves v NTU Renegades
  • Loughborough Uni v Warwick Wolves

🏈 D1 SOUTH 🏈

  • Portsmouth Destroyers v Brighton Panthers
  • Surrey Stingers v RHUL Bears

🏈 D1 SOUTH EAST 🏈

  • Imperial Immortals v Brunel Burners
  • Kent Falcons v Essex Blades

🏈 D1 SOUTH WEST 🏈

  • Cardiff Cobras v Bath Killer Bees
  • Worcester Royals v Southampton Stags

🏈 D2 BORDERS 🏈

  • Heriot-Watt Wolverines v York Centurions
  • YSJ Jaguars v Sunderland Spartans

🏈 D2 NORTH 🏈

  • Tarannau Aberystwyth v Bradford Bears
  • Liverpool Raptors v MMU Eagles
  • Manchester Tyrants v Bangor Muddogs

🏈 D2 MIDLANDS 🏈

  • Nottingham 2 v Chester Legion
  • Lincoln Colonials v Keele Crusaders

🏈 D2 SOUTH 🏈

  • OBU Panthers v Sussex Saxons
  • Chichester Spitfires v Oxford Lancers
  • UCL Emperors v Kingston Cougars

🏈 D2 SOUTH EAST 🏈

  • ARU Rhinos v Canterbury Chargers
  • Greenwich Mariners v City Wolfpack

🏈 D2 SOUTH WEST 🏈

  • Plymouth Blitz v Bournemouth Uni Bobcats
  • Bath Spa Bulldogs v Gloucestershire Gladiators
  • Solent Redhawks v Bristol Barracuda

Britball Semi Final Roundup

By Tim Monk – @Tim_MonkF10Y

The Bowl games have been decided. Promotion for some already secured, but we all know that isn’t enough. Winner’s medals are there for the taking, shaking bottles of champagne and drenching your mates with the UK’s answer to Gatorade is what they are all after. Let’s recap last week’s results and see how it all went down and what that means for the Finals.

Premiership

London Warriors 63 – 0 Manchester Titans

Tamworth Phoenix 7 – 6 London Blitz

Well, two very contrasting results in the Prem but no contrast in my predictions to the winners.

The Warriors absolutely demolished the Titans in the first half which saw 57 of the 63 points scored. I know that the Titans QB was away in Europe up until a day or 2 and I don’t what happened to the Titans, but the Warriors just took care of business and are surely favourites to take the Bowl game too.

They’ll face Tamworth after they squeezed past London Blitz. I predicted a low scoring game and just the 2 TDs were scored.

It was a defensive slugfest and plenty of back and forth between the 2 teams. Tamworth struck first and had the lead for a while before the Blitz levelled in the 4th quarter and seemingly having the momentum. The difference in the end was the XP between the two teams (actually had a funny feeling it was going to be blocked #aftertime). Was a really good game to watch on YouTube and shout out to UKAFL, even if the graphics for the time left leaves a lot to be desired.

I think HC Jason Scott enjoyed the victory and continuing to prove critics wrong…

Division 1

Sandwell Steelers 21 –  3 Northumberland Vikings

Solent Thrashers 20 – 13 Cambridgeshire Cats

I went for the Vikings in this one by a TD but the Steelers came fast out the blocks and the Vikings couldn’t catch back up. Quite surprised at how the Steelers dominated the early goings against a defence that is one of the best in the land. Whether there was any disruption to the Vikings groove as they had to travel or not I don’t know but it’s telling that so far that in both the Premiership and Division 1, all the home teams won and all the #1 seeds won.

Over in the South, the Thrashers held off the Cats. The Thrashers took the lead before the Cats scored twice to make it 13-7. The Thrashers finished the game the strongest and the Cats couldn’t keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Division 2

Halton Spartans 21 – 6 Clyde Valley Blackhawks

Birmingham Bulls 12 – 30 Inverclyde Goliaths

Essex Spartans 20 – 42 Bournemouth Bobcats

South Wales Warriors 16 – 6 London Blitz B

The Spartans defended their Halton Stadium fortress once more and had enough to take care of the Blackhawks, who scored late ruining my prediction of a 3-score game.

Good game in Birmingham, where Birmingham made a bit of a come back after going 22-6 down at half time. Stops by the Goliaths and a final nail in the coffin of a pick six sealed the celebrations for the Scottish team who are promoted in their first season in the league.

Bournemouth seem to love travelling round the M25! The only other team apart from Inverclyde to secure a victory away from home, the Bobcats put in another comprehensive victory over the #1 seeds Essex (as predicted!).

The Spartans were sent good luck messages from counterparts across the pond https://twitter.com/EssexSpartans/status/1162658631332040704 but unfortunately the Spartans actually had to go with their backup QB, which may or not have been the deciding factor in the end.

This sets up a mouth-watering clash for the Bobcats against the South Wales Warriors who took care of business in a nip and tuck game. Blitz took the lead in the first quarter but they were the only points they could muster and South Wales grew in to the game, taking the lead in the 2nd quarter and from that point on, choked the Blitz offence to run out the winners. Be interesting to see how the Bobcats approach the game on offence against a stubborn Warriors defence.

Here is confirmation of the Britball Bowl games and the dates and times as they are spread out over next few weekends:

Saturday 31st July

Division 2: 12pm – South Wales Warriors vs Bournemouth Bobcats

Division 1: 4pm – Sandwell Steelers vs Solent Thrashers

Sunday 1st September

Premiership: 4pm London Warriors vs Tamworth Phoenix

Saturday 7th September

Division 2: 2pm Inverclyde Goliaths vs Halton Spartans

We will try and bring you all the latest from at least 1 team in every match. If you are a player or coach and want to come on the podcast to talk about preparations, please get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter (@F10YBritball).

BAFA Semi Finals Preview

By Tim Monk – @Tim_MonkF10Y

No-one remembers losing semi finalists. All these teams will be giving it their all to appear in their respective division finals and look for that promotion or the title of Britbowl Champions. Who gets in? Tim’s gives his previews below, don’t forget to check out the recent podcast where we spoke to a few teams about the upcoming games.

Premiership

Manchester Titans @ London Warriors

We love the Titans here at the Full10Yards, but I am not quite sure that they will be able to topple the defending Britbowl champions. They’ve met in previous years and we know QB Sam Bloomfield will give it his all, as will the whole team. But the travel down from Manchester to the Nation’s capital is just one of many obstacles that stand in their way and they’ll come up short here as the Warriors will make another Final.

Prediction: Warriors by a 14.

London Blitz @ Tamworth Phoenix – LIVESTREAM

The Nix are another team that have featured on this podcast a few times and I think that they’ll squeeze past the Blitz here. Tamworth have responded well after being defeated by Manchester during the regular season and HC Jason Scott will put a plan in place to ensure they get to another Britbowl final and maybe he’ll use the carrot of potentially being able to gain revenge on the Warriors.

Prediction: Nix in a low scoring game.

Division 1 – North

Northumberland Vikings @ Sandwell Steelers – LIVESTREAM

I cannot articulate how much I am looking forward to this one. The immovable object that is the Vikings Defence against a Steelers team that is full of confidence judging by HC Max Petitjean’s words on our podcast this week. The Steelers wont be able to get away with digging themselves a 20-0 hole again this week so i expect this one to be a low scoring, but thoroughly exciting game. The prize for the winner is so huge that this game will be tense from start to finish. The team that get’s their rhythm first, wins.

Prediction: Vikings by a TD

Division 1 – South

Cambridgeshire Cats @ Solent Thrashers

Solent have been pretty comfortable throughout this season, including last week’s victory vs the Hornets. Whilst I think this will be a bit closer in terms of scoreline, the Thrashers should have enough to progress here. The Cats themselves have had a solid season, losing just the one game but i feel that the Thrashers division is slightly stronger and this could be a bit of a step up for Cambridgeshire. Going through the formlines of games vs the Hornets, the Cats have a victory and a small defeat whereas the Thrashers posted a shutout last week.

Shouldn’t be too far on the travel scale so it shouldn’t put the Cats at too much of a disadvantage, but Solent here to progress through.

Prediction: Solent by 3 scores.

Division 2 – North

Inverclyde Goliaths @ Birmingham Bulls

Another long trip down the M6 for the Goliaths, but if it isn’t broke dont fix it right?

Birmingham are probably an upgrade in opponent here though and the Goliaths will be looking to #25 once more to help limit the Bull rush. The Goliaths have kept jumping over the obstacles that have been put in front of them the last few weeks and are hitting form at the right time. I just wonder if this obstacle will be too high and whether there’ll be another Gatorade shower for Matthew Sheldon.

Prediction: Bulls by 2 scores

Clyde Valley Blackhawks @ Halton Spartans

The M6 will be busy again this weekend with Clyde Valley looking to better the result their division rivals Dumfries obtained last week when travelling to the lovely Halton Stadium. Can the Blackhawks get down to business quickly and upset the odds here and not fall in to the usual trap of being awestruck by the surroundings? Probably not.

Prediction: Halton by 3 scores.

Division 2 – South

Bournemouth Bobcats @ Essex Spartans

The Spartans’ games have generally been low scoring throughout the season but may have to up that average to topple the Bobcats. The Bobcats average 47 points for in their last 4 games whilst the Spartans have only hit the 40 mark i believe once this season. Bournemouth successfully negotiated an away trip last week (even through the M25), but they have to do it once again and i think they will. Predicting a #1 seed defeat.

Prediction: Bobcats by 10

London Blitz B @ South Wales Warriors

Another game here where you have 2 potent offences and 2 stingy defences.

It always fascinates me to see 2 division winners going at it. Trying to figure out which team’s division was stronger, how much to pay attention to the PF and PA in the league standings. I don’t think there is too much to take away from either team’s results in the QF as they were both probably expectant of the results they achieved. As mentioned in previous articles and podcasts, when it’s as tight as it is, you have to give the home team the advantage just because of the logistics and how the obstacle of travelling can win games on their own in Britball. Taking a look at recent credentials, the Warriors and Blitz were the #1 and #2 seeds last year too; the Blitz B fell at this hurdle last year to the Hertfordshire Cheetahs and the Warriors suffered the same fate, losing to the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts so you cant even separate the 2 teams here either!

Should be a close one, should be a cracker.

Prediction: 1pt game going the way of the home team.

So there we have it, predictions are in. didn’t fare too badly last week so we’ll see if that can continue. Don’t forget to check out our podcasts including this week where we chatted with some more teams including Sandwell Steelers which will be up around Saturday Lunchtime. You can check it out anywhere podcasts can be found and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter as we’ll be covering the Uni game in the Winter too.

BAFA Playoffs Quarter Final Roundup

The business end of the season is here. Knockout football has started and I can tell by the twitter feeds from each of the teams that this is life or death stuff.

We have upsets, we have comebacks and everything in between and the Premiership Playoffs haven’t even started.

Let’s get in to the weekends playoff action and see how well I did with my predictions…

Division 1 – NFC

(#5) East Kilbride 20 @ 21 Sandwell Steelers (#1)

The Pirates seemingly didn’t have any travel hangover as they stormed out to a 21-0 lead and kind of took the Steelers by surprise.

I don’t know what the coach said to them at half time and we’ll try and find out for you but the Steelers managed to blow up the pirates’s ship and managed to come from behind and take the win right from under the pirates noses, scoring inside the 2 minute warning and then shutting up shop.

The prediction of a 1pt game was spot on, just for the wrong team!

(#8) Shropshire Revolution 0 @ 35 Northumberland Vikings (#3)

I had the Vikings to win by 3 scores in this one purely because of the potency and stubbornness of the Vikings and that proved to be the case. A shutout in the postseason has the hallmarks of an excellent team.

Vikings in total control of this one at home and will face the Sandwell Steelers next week. These two will serve up a feast for the eyes, they were only separated by 1 point in the playoffs last season.

Division 1 – SFC

(#6) London Hornets 0 @ 31 Solent Thrashers (#2)

Talking of shutouts, this was the 2nd of 3 in total over the weekend. Slowish start to the game, but the thrashers by all accounts dominated the 2nd half to take this one comfortably in the end. My result prediction was correct as I had Solent, by only by the one score so not perfect.

(#7) Sussex Thunder 15 @ 27 Cambridgeshire Cats (#4)

The Cats managed to outrun the thunder in this one, getting out to an early lead.

The Thunder did threaten a comeback of a similar ilk to the Sandwell Steelers, with the Cats getting out to a 21-0 lead. The Thunder roared back to make it 21-15 but the cats clawed themselves into next week’s semi-finals where they will face the Thrashers away from home.

Got my predictions wrong in this one, I went for a Thunder win with both teams scoring 25+, just needed the thunder to continue that fightback but it was a good, tense and feisty game none the less.

Division 2 – North

(#8) Staffordshire Surge 6 @ 43 Birmingham Bulls (#1)

I predicted a 50 burger shutout here for the Bulls and that went straight out of the window on the opening drive as Staffordshire “surged” in to a 6-0 lead. Birmingham, somewhat sluggish out of the blocks then never looked back once they had their scare and returned to Bull rush the visitors almost getting to the 50 burger. So not far away all told. I’m not sure Birmingham will be able to get away with another slow start next week as they face the Goliaths.

(#7) Dumfries Hunters 7 @ 37 Halton Spartans (#2)

A fairly straight forward game here for the Spartans at home. You have to wonder if the travel down the M6 and the beautiful stadium caused them to be a bit in awe like the GM Ian Derbyshire mentioned on the podcast last week. From all accounts, a straight forward victory was on the cards and that’s how it turned out, just like my prediction.

(#6) Leeds Bobcats 8 @ 26 Clyde Valley Blackhawks (#3)

You can see from the tweet what the view would have been like for a Blackhawk, prior to the swooping down and nabbing the said Bobcats.

I went for an upset here in this one, taking the bobcats but the Blackhawks swooped down and caught their prey. Clyde Valley on the field had things in control for the most part and they must be impressed with a 3 score victory in this one. Clyde Valley will be looking to extract revenge for their neighbours Dumfries and restore the Scottish pride as they now head down the M6 to face Halton.

(#5) Inverclyde Goliaths 22 @ 18 Lincolnshire Bombers (#4)

Cracking game here in Lincolnshire with the lead changing multiple times and it coming down to the last play/drive. Inverclyde got on the scoreboard first, missing the 2pt attempt afterwards to make it 6-0. RB Elliot Harvey rushed one in prior to half time to give the Bombers a 7-6 HT lead.

After the break, the bombers extended their lead to 10-6 with a FG in the 3rd quarter but the Scottish porridge started to kick in and so did the Goliaths. They converted the 2pt attempt to take it to 14-10 Goliaths and the lead was further extended, making it 22-10. The Bombers got late reinforcements as Ryan Wakeling made it 18-22 to give the Goliaths something to think about and the Bombers even got the ball back when Inverclyde fumbled with a minute left on the clock. They were unable to find the endzone and a thoroughly enjoyable game sees the Scots take the win by 4pts. Not many travelling teams won this weekend so cracking effort from Inverclyde.

Division 2 – South

(#8) Ipswich Cardinals 0 @ 21 Essex Spartans (#1)

In a rematch of the final regular season game, the Cardinals were unable to overturn the regular season result. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to trouble the scoreboard either as the Spartans posted the 3rd shutout of the weekend. The defence has been solid all season and as I said earlier, a post season shutout is something to savour. I went for a 2 score win by the Spartans and they won by three. Why do you have to be like that guys?

(#7) Bristol Apache 3 @ 28 South Wales Warriors (#2)

We predicted a comfortable game here for South Wales and The Warriors continued their fine form, trouncing the Apache 28-3. Warriors scoring a TD in each quarter kept the Apache chasing for most of the game and could only muster a field goal consolation in the 4th quarter.The Warriors now host the Blitz in one of the ties of the week.

(#6) Torbay Trojans 7 @ 37 London Blitz B (#3)

The Blitz continued what they did all regular season, making light work of teams and the Trojans were no different. The prediction was the blitz by a wide margin and I constitute 4 scores a wide margin. It will be interesting to see how they travel over to Llanharan, Wales in what should be a game worth watching! Certainly worth a #EyesPeeled there!

(#5) Bournemouth Bobcats 30 @ 6 Norwich Devils (#4)

Not sure you can call a #5 seed beating a #4 seed an upset, but as previously stated, winning away from home, especially in the playoffs, is hard to do so congratulations to Bournemouth who take a convincing victory on the west coast. We fancied the Bobcats to win by 10 and win by 3 scores!

That M25 can’t have been too bad! Good for them is that they’ll be on that beautiful car park next weekend too. They’ll face the #1 seed Essex Spartans.

So there we have it, results are in and the top 3 seeds in both divisions are through to the semi finals some with closer shaves than others. Here is how next week’s fixtures shape up, including the Premiership coming in to play!

Semi Final Lineup

Premiership

Manchester Titans @ London Warriors

London Blitz @ Tamworth Phoenix

Division 1 – North

Northumberland Vikings @ Sandwell Steelers

Division 1 – South

Cambridgeshire Cats @ Solent Thrashers

Division 2 – North

Inverclyde Goliaths @ Birmingham Bulls

Clyde Valley Blackhawks @ Halton Spartans

Division 2 – South

Bournemouth Bobcats @ Essex Spartans

London Blitz B @ South Wales Warriors

Check back later in the week for another podcast and a Semi Final preview! Don’t forget to check out the IFAF Women’s European Championships, live on YouTube all week!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr5v-g7OlBTfmdFC_A9Jpbg

EYES PEELED!

BAFA Playoff Preview

By Tim Monk – @Tim_MonkF10Y

The post season is here! Knockout football. The stakes are high as are the rewards. Division 1 and division 2 kick us off this weekend with some intriguing fixtures. We’ll be dropping a special podcast on Saturday morning interviewing a few teams ahead of some of the big games. Here’s what is on the whole Britball menu and my predictions…

Division 1

(#5) East Kilbride Pirates @ Sandwell Steelers (#1)

East Kilbride will be looking to revert back to their usual self as they travel south of the border to West Midlands as they face the #1 seed in the Sandwell Steelers. The Pirates’ high flying offence which put up over 350 regular season points will need to put their recent shutout performance behind them to beat the undefeated Steelers who also have a stingy defence, conceding just 48 points so far this year.

Prediction: East Kilbride by 1 point

(#6) London Hornets @ Solent Thrashers (#2)

Solent have had a marginally more potent offence and home advantage but in the regular season but both teams have had stingy defences so don’t be surprised if this turns in to a slug fest in the trenches and a game that is settle by 1 score. Some good battles between the 4 teams in the playoffs from the SFC 1 East and Central teams this week.

Prediction: Solent win by a TD

(#8) Shropshire Revolution @Northumberland Vikings (#3)

Northumberland Vikings should take care of business in this fixture and the defence will be licking their lips once more after only conceding 37 points all regular season. Shropshire squeezed through at the expense of Lancashire in the NFC 1 South but it’ll be one and done for the Revolution.

This one is live as usual on the YouTube channel! No blackouts from Sky either, yippee!

Prediction: Vikings by 3 scores

(#7) Sussex Thunder @ Cambridgeshire Cats (#4)

As with the Thrashers/Hornets game, this should be a feisty one between the SFC 1 East and Central teams. Fancy a high scoring game here as Sussex will bring the Thunder to Cambridgeshire and the Cats will have to try and keep clawing them back. Home advantage could prove vital but it’ll be the fans that win in this entertaining affair.

Prediction: Sussex win by a TD with both teams scoring 25+.

Division 2

North

(#8) Staffordshire Surge @ Birmingham Bulls (#1)

The Surge are going to have to pull off something miraculous here to breach a Bulls defence that has only conceded 13 points all regular season and posted 6 shutouts in 8 games, the best in the UK. The 3-5 Surge are surely big underdogs here with the Bulls wining by 21 points and 28 points in their 2 regular season meetings this season but when it comes down to one postseason game, who knows…

Prediction: Bulls with a 50-burger shutout

(#7) Dumfries Hunters @ Halton Spartans (#2)

The undefeated Spartans welcome the Hunters and Halton will be looking to continue their undefeated year with the same formula of explosive offence (368pts in regular season) and stubborn D (48pts allowed). Dumfries have put in a few decent efforts this term including a recent draw with the Blackhawks but I feel that the few hours trip down the M6 for Dumfries will seem like a lot longer on the way back.

Prediction: Halton by a few scores.

(#6) Leeds Bobcats @ Clyde Valley Blackhawks (#3)

Talking of M6 journeys, the Bobcats could probably wave to the Dumfries Hunters as they travel to Beltane Park and the Clyde Valley Blackhawks. Clyde Valley synonymous with low scoring games (average of 14-6 final scores) this season will be looking to blunt the claws of the Bobcats. Going to go for an away win here in a squeaky bum affair.

Prediction: Bobcats by a Field Goal.

(#5) Inverclyde Goliaths @ Lincolnshire Bombers (#4)

Inverclyde make the one of the longest trips of the weekend to Lincolnshire where both teams have a 6-2 regular season record and similar points differentials meaning this could be a close one. Have to wonder whether travel will play it’s part but Inverclyde will be relying on their star running back to avoid the bombers and score a few TDs. Going to be very tight and as such, give the win to the home team.

Prediction: Bombers by less than a Field Goal.

South

(#8) Ipswich Cardinals @ Essex Spartans (#1)

In a repeat of last week’s final regular season game, the Cardinals will try and get revenge on the number 1 seed. It’s a tough ask and I can’t see anything but a home win here with the Spartans defence being the main difference between the two teams.

Prediction: Essex Spartans by 2 scores.

(#7) Bristol Apache @ South Wales Warriors (#2)

In another game with 2 teams from the same division, the Apache lost by 25 points in their previous meeting in May so look to be up against it. The Warriors seem in no mood to let up after their crushing performance last week which is a sign of a focused team. Time can change things however and Bristol have put in some decent performances of their own this season. Not sure it’ll be quite enough to get a result here.

Prediction: Warriors comfortably.

(#6) Torbay Trojans @ London Blitz B (#3)

The Trojans seem to have one of the most difficult assignments as they travel to London. The Blitz B  have put everyone to the sword this season, almost AVERAGING 50 burgers and single digit defensive performances each week. Their appetite will not wain in their quest for the semi finals and the trojans, who have posted 3 of their own shutouts this season and had their own 50 burger last week will give it their all.

Prediction: Blitz by a wide margin.

(#5) Bournemouth Bobcats @ Norwich Devils (#4)

Last up we have the Bournemouth Bobcats travelling to the east coast (enjoy the M25!) in what looks to be a tight one. Bournemouth have not been afraid of the endzone this season tallying almost 300 points and this could be the difference in a game where defences are likely to be on top. Bournemouth had the Blitz B in their division and are likely to be stronger than their record suggests and this could be a slight step up here for the Devils.

Prediction:  Bobcats by 10.

Good luck to all the teams playing this weekend, we’ll be back next week with the roundup of the results as well as a preview to the big boys entering the post season.

BAFA National League – Week 17 Results Roundup

By Tim Monk – @Tim_MonkF10Y

Just the Division 2 fixtures this week as the Division 1 teams gear up for the post season.

This being the final regular season week, we’ll also give you the playoffs for both divisions at the bottom.

So even with a reduced fixture list, a lot went on so let’s take a look at what went down….

NFC 2 North

Clyde Valley Blackhawks 12 – 14 Inverclyde Goliaths

Let’s start with a bit of an upset in the South East of Scotland.

Clyde Valley Blackhawks lose their undefeated season after going down 14-12 to the Inverclyde Goliaths. The result sees the Goliaths their playoff seeding improve to #5 with Dumfries falling to seed #7. Clyde Valley keep their #3 seed due to their draw against Dumfries last week.

NFC 2 Central

Furness Phantoms 19 – 8 Knottingley Raiders

Halton Spartans 41 – 13 Morecambe Bay Storm

Halton Spartans complete their quest for an undefeated season after riding out the storm convincingly.

Furness Phantoms ensured they couldn’t finish bottom with a win over the Knottingley raiders, where both teams can now put their feet up and watch the playoffs and come back again next year.

NFC 2 South

Birmingham Bulls 21 – 0 Staffordshire Surge

Lincolnshire Bombers 54 – 14 Crewe Railroaders

Talking of undefeated season, Birmingham Bulls have one of their own after shutting out the Surge at home. With the victory, the Birmingham Bulls take the #1 seed into the playoffs.

Joining them as the #4 seed, the Lincolnshire Bombers signed off the regular season with a 50 burger against the Railroaders who finish the season winless.

SFC 2 West

South Wales Warriors 51 – 0 Cornish Sharks

South Wales Warriors sign off with a 50 Burger shutout of the Cornish Sharks. The warriors have a perfect regular season record and points differential of +244 and take the #2 seed heading into the playoffs.

SFC 2 South

Hastings Conquerors 0 – 60 Bournemouth Bobcats

Jurassic Coast Raptors 14 – 36 Swindon Storm

After tasting pay dirt for the first time last week, the Hasting Conquerors were not able to repeat the feat against the #5 seed Bournemouth Bobcats, going down 60-0.

The fight for pride but effective dead rubber against the Raptors and Storm went to the visitors and both will square off again next season.

SFC 2 East

East Essex Sabres 7 – 31 East Kent Mavericks

Essex Spartans 27 – 14 Ipswich Cardinals

Norwich Devils  53 – 19 Maidstone Pumas

Full fixture list on the final weekend of the regular season saw pride and seedings on the line with all positions sewn up prior to kick off.

Essex Spartans’ win over the Ipswich Cardinals give them the reward of the #1 seed in the post season. After the defeat, Ipswich take the #8 seed which means we will see the repeat fixture next week! Can the Cardinals get their revenge?

Norwich take the #4 seed after their convincing victory over the Maidstone Pumas and will host the Bournemouth Bobcats next week.

The other fixture sees the “East Bowl” go the way of East Kent as they best the Sabres 31-7.

In the game between 50 burgers and shutouts, 50 burgers win 4-3.

There are the results and now it’s time to give you how the playoff shakes out:

NFC 2 Playoffs – 11th August

(#8) Staffordshire Surge @ Birmingham Bulls (#1)

(#7) Dumfries Hunters @ Halton Spartans (#2)

(#6) Leeds Bobcats @ Clyde Valley Blackhawks (#3)

(#5) Inverclyde Goliaths @ Lincolnshire Bombers (#4)

The above games will be played on 11 August 2019, the winners advance to the semi-finals, which will be played on 18 August.

The winners of the semi-finals will secure promotion to Division 1 North with the Division 1 North final to be played on Saturday 7 September 2019 at Druid Park, in Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne.

SFC 2 Playoffs – 11th August

(#8) Ipswich Cardinals @ Essex Spartans (#1)

(#7) Bristol Apache @ South Wales Warriors (#2)

(#6) Torbay Trojans @ London Blitz B (#3)

(#5) Bournemouth Bobcats @ Norwich Devils (#4)

The above games will be played on 11 August 2019, the winners advance to the semi- finals, which are being played the following week on 18 August 2019.

The winners of the semi-finals will play in the Division 2 South final, to take place during Britbowl weekend in London on Saturday 31 August 2019. They will also win promotion, playing in Division 1 South for the 2020 season.

NOTE: In 2019 three teams were relegated from Division 1 South, due to the additional relegation of Ouse Valley Eagles who were issued with their second yellow card in two years. This means that there will be an additional promotion spot in 2019 which will be awarded to the highest-ranked losing semi-finalist.

Coming up later this week, the Playoff weekend preview!

EYES. PEELED!

Britball Week 16 Roundup

By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)

This week saw division titles being won and trap doors being opened so let’s dive right into it and give you the results and the provisional playoff picture…

Prem North

Absolute scenes in this division with it going to the wire!

The Manchester Titans stormed out to a 17-0 lead against the Tamworth Phoenix, only for the Nix to come back with 3 second half TDs to take the game 21-17.

For Manchester, this was a game that had everything on the line for them. Win and in, lose and potentially be out of the playoffs.

With the loss, they were looking for the Sheffield Giants to do them a favour and avoid defeat.

Sheffield themselves were embroiled in a relegation dogfight, knowing that avoiding that defeat would mean Prem North Football next season.

There was a lot of hush on the interweb and social media, but once all the Titans’ fingernails were bitten off, it trickled out that it was a 22-22 tie!

The epitome of joy and despair shown after the final whistle sees the Giants safe but the Nighthawks missing out on the postseason.

So for the relegation spot, it came down to the game between the Edinburgh Wolves and the Leicester Falcons. Winner stays in, loser falls through that trap door.

Unfortunately, Leicester were unable to put up too much off a fight, battling hard all season with the deck stacked against them. It was a comfortable 47-6 win for the Wolves who secure top flight football again in 2020.

Results:

Manchester Titans 17-21 Tamworth Phoenix
Edinburgh Wolves 47-6 Leicester Falcons
Sheffield Giants 22-22 Merseyside Nighthawks

Prem South

Pretty much no implications at the top with the Warriors and the Blitz already confirmed for some August football (doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as January Football does it?).

The Warriors helped themselves to the 50 burger shutout combo vs the Bristol Aztecs where as the Blitz has a bit of a closer game, defeating the Olympians by a single point! Unfortunately the game had to be called inside the two minute warning due to a serious player injury so best wishes for a speedy recovery.

The Farnham Knights were unable to challenge the Kent Exiles, losing 19-0 and dropping down a division for 2020. Things may have turned out differently after a nervy opening half from both sides, but Kent put in the performance in the 2nd half to secure their places at the top table in the South.

Results:

London Blitz 15-14 London Olympians
Bristol Aztecs 0-55 London Warriors
Kent Exiles 19-0 Farnham Knights

NFC 1 North

Big game in the division saw the Northumberland Vikings take the spoils in a gritty game against the Aberdeen Roughnecks 16-6. The Vikings take the #2 seed into the playoffs at the expense of the EK Pirates. Don’t forget to check out our podcast with Coach O’Reagan of the Vikings last week!

The other dead rubber saw the Rams take a 15-12 victory over the Glasgow Tigers, who missed  a field goal with 6 seconds left to tie.

Results:

Northumberland Vikings 16-6 Aberdeen Roughnecks
Yorkshire Rams 15-12 Glasgow Tigers

NFC 1 South

2 wins for the teams participating in the post season;

The 10-0 undefeated Sandwell Steelers will host the EK Pirates in the post season after they had secured the #1 seed. They beat the Lancashire Wolverines 29-24 after a spirited comeback in the 2nd half by the Wolverines and win the NFC 1 North.

Shropshire will travel up to Northumberland in 2 weeks (start walking now!) and defeat of the Nottingham Caesars will at the very least put the confidence and morale high going in to the postseason game.

Results:

Nottingham Caesars 14-37 Shropshire Revolution
Sandwell Steelers 29-24 Lancashire Wolverines 

SFC 1 Central

Talking of undefeated teams, the Solent Thrashers did just that despite a 1 score game against the Hertfordshire Cheetahs. The result also meant that the Cheetahs miss out on the post season too as the Sussex Thunder win over the Berkshire Renegades by the score of 48-12 means that they snatch the playoff berth from under the noses of Hertfordshire. That result also meant the Renegades were relegated from the division. That was because in the 3rd game in the division saw the Oxford Saints defeat the Portsmouth Dreadnaughts 22-13. A lot of ramifications in all these games here!

Results:

Solent Thrashers 24-19 Hertfordshire Cheetahs
Sussex Thunder 48-12 Berkshire Renegades
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts 13-22 Oxford Saints 

SFC 1 East

The Cambridgeshire Cats took the division title after securing a 29-0 victory over the Colchester Gladiators, condemning the Gladiators’ bottom spot in the division.

Cambridgeshire will now host the Sussex Thunder whilst the London Hornets travel to the Solent Thrashers.

In the other game in the division, the Wembley Stallions defeated the Bury Saints 16-14 in essentially a dead rubber (is there such a thing in our game?!?!)

Results:

Wembley Stallions 16-14 Bury Saints
Cambridgeshire Cats 29-0 Colchester Gladiators

NFC 2 North

In the 2nd tie of the weekend, the Clyde Valley Blackhawks only needed that draw to confirm themselves as division champions. The Dumfries Hunters were unable to get the victory wo will have to settle for 2nd.

The newly crowned champions still have 1 piece of business to attend to and that’s to host the Inverclyde Goliaths next week.

Results:

Dumfries Hunters 6-6 Clyde Valley Blackhawks

NFC 2 Central

The Leeds Bobcats enjoyed a 40-20 win of the Knottingley Raiders but already have 2nd spot secured in the division. 1 set of fixtures left to play next week sees Halton Spartans go for the perfect record as they host Morecambe Bay Storm and Furness Phantoms face the Knottingley Raiders where the Phantoms look to try and lift themselves off the bottom of the division.

Results:

Knottingley Raiders 20-40 Leeds Bobcats

NFC 2 South

Unfortunately the game between Lincolnshire Bombers and Crewe Railroaders also had to be called early (3rd quarter) due to a player injury. Best wishes to the player involved and hope he is ok.

The result sees both teams confirmed in their current league table positions, with Lincolnshire confirmed 2nd and Crewe confirmed bottom of the pile.

Results:

Crewe Railroaders 0-26 Lincolnshire Bombers

SFC 2 West

No games played this week.

South Wales Warriors will be going for the undefeated season next week when they host the Cornish Sharks.

SFC 2 South

Hastings Conquerors were finally able to get on the scoreboard but were beaten 54-8 by the Jurassic Coast Raptors. The result confirms Hastings to the root of the division as the Raptors were the team immediately above them.

Elsewhere, Swindon Storm were shut out by the London Blitz B 47-0 which confirms their undefeated regular season.

The final set of fixtures next week sees Hastings take on the Bournemouth Bobcats and the Raptors hosting the Swindon Storm. Just pride on the line in these ones.

Results:

Hastings Conquerors 8-54 Jurassic Coast Raptors
Swindon Storm 0-47 London Blitz B 

SFC 2 East

Last up, in what Good ‘ol JR calls a slobberknocker, the Ipswich Cardinals defeat the East Kent Mavericks 40-35.

The final set of fixtures sees all 6 teams in action;

East Essex Sabres host the Mavericks, Essex Spartans host the Cardinals and the Norwich Devils take on the Maidstone Pumas. The Essex Spartans are the final team seeking an undefeated Regular Season.

Results:

Ipswich Cardinals 40-35 East Kent Mavericks

Some decent, competitive games across the board this week in Britball as the battle between the 50 Burgers vs the Shutouts, the Shutouts win 4-2 and we had 2 tied games in games that had consequences at both ends of the tables.

Below are the provisional post season fixtures:

Prem

London Warriors vs Manchester Titans

Tamworth Phoenix vs London Blitz

NFC 1

Northumberland Vikings vs Shropshire Revolution – (LIVE on YouTube)

Sandwell Steelers vs East Kilbride Pirates

SFC 1

Cambridgeshire Cats vs Sussex Thunder

Solent Thrashers vs London Hornets

Away from the leagues, we had 1 associate game where the Hereford Stampede defeated the Torbay Trojans 12-0!

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This week we will feature the Dunfermline Kings and how they are getting on in the Associate Process. We will focus our attentions to the post season too.

Keep those EYES PEELED!